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ETS debut: Da Falafel King

Who loves you, chickpea? Ancient and GBD, this fried ball of green goodness rules

Posted January 27, 2012 by Mari Taketa

One of five newcomers to tonight’s Eat the Street brings the most ancient of foods and a new twist on the luau theme. When you visit Da Falafel King, look for a side dish called luau pita chips. We have no idea what those will be, and as of Wednesday this week, neither did Da Falafel King.

What: Eat the Street It’s a Luau
When: Friday, Jan. 27 from 4-9 p.m.
Where: 805 Ala Moana Blvd. next to the Acura dealership
Admission: Free
Parking: $2 for parking in lot across the venue (parking meter on ewa side of lot; park in marked stalls). Parking also available on surrounding streets in Kakaako

Click here for a map and the full list of vendors and menu items.

Da Falafel King (1 of 8)

Da Falafel King

What: Falafel sandwiches, shawarma grilled chicken and lamb plates, luau pita chips
Who: Yanir Yosef, Aviv Eisenberg Yosef, Joe Collinge
What about it: Did you know falafel is thousands of years old? It predates Jesus. It was created in Egypt, adopted throughout the Middle East and is now considered the national food of Israel. And it's debuting at the most contemporary of eating venues: a mega-rally of food trucks and street food, half a world away. That's an amazing arc of survival and evolution.

Yanir owns the kiosk in Waikiki Trade Center that sells those plump, fresh-fried falafel sandwiches until 2 and 4 a.m. If you know it, you know Da Falafel King is da bomb.

Da Falafel King
Kiosk: Waikiki Trade Center
2255 Kuhio Ave.
Truck: Parking lot next to Down to Earth on King Street


  1. turkfontaine
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    the chickpea, or garbanzo bean is the tofu of the middle east. no matter how you make it, it carries the flavor of what you put with it and delivers a knockout punch to hunger. i like mine swimming in pepper sauce or plain with a cucumber salad.

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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